Boyarski Fritz LLP
Boyarski Fritz LLP
Nov 2011 - Present
Boyarski Fritz LLP is a full service entertainment, media and brand-oriented law firm founded by two longtime multi-industry veterans, Jason Boyarski and David Fritz. With a combined 32 years of practice by the principals in a broad array of fields, Boyarski Fritz LLP represents a diverse set of clients including music companies, technology firms, television personalities, digital rights companies, fashion brands, recording artists, marketing agencies, new media start-ups, retailers, production houses, songwriters, music producers, advertising firms, live event promoters, film & television companies, charitable foundations, and consumer goods brands. Well-rooted in deal-making and transactions across many platforms, Boyarski Fritz LLP is on the cutting edge of multi-industry trends.
Triage Entertainment Holdings, LLC
Dec 2009 - Present
In addition to exploiting the rights to the "Mob Hits" series of compilation albums (see below), Triage owns (i) an ownership interest in a patent that incorporates elements into briefcases and Ipod cases to create a desk, and (ii) an income interest in an patent that is a remote control battery cover for lost or broken remote control covers.
Sep 2007 - Dec 2012
In September, 2007, Fritz invested in Myachi Industries, a toy/sports lifestyle brand with the Myachi Original Hand Sack at its core. Since investing, the company sales have increased fivefold as a result of wider international distribution, a store-within-a-store retail buildout at FAO Schwarz NYC, key press secured and a number of other strategic marketing initiatives led by Fritz.
COO, General Counsel
Jan 2005 - Dec 2011
CAK Entertainment provides outsourced business development services to brands and companies seeking to develop additional incremental income streams using key relationships across a variety of industries. CAK manages the apparel business of Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez available at Kohl's as well as the apparel brands of Adam Levine and Nikki Minaj at Kmart, assists The Singer Group in acquiring retail brands to place on US military bases around the world in PX stores, assists Spin Label in licensing its advertising platform, and owns a music publishing catalog of songs by Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl and Roxanne Shante.
In addition, CAK is a key licensee of Sheila Kelley's S Factor, the leading pole dancing/women's empowerment gym and studio with two Manhattan locations (and other locations around Southern California, San Francisco, Houston and Chicago).
Jan 1998 - Jan 2007
In 1998, David Fritz, Brian Koppelman and Keith Hutt formed Triage Entertainment to put out an album that contained music from The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino, Donnie Brasco and other top mob movies. That album, entitled "Mob Hits: Music From & A Tribute To The Great Mob Movies" was marketed through a direct response TV commercial featuring Jerry Vale, the legendary Italian-American singer who appeared in Goodfellas. The initial Mob Hits album sold in excess of 600,000 (1.2mm as a double album). Follow up compilation albums were released with sales totaling over 500,000 units.
Jan 2000 - Jan 2004
Off the success of releasing Mob Hits, I formed Medalist Entertainment as a joint venture between Charles Koppelman, Roy Weisman and me, on the one hand, and Alliance Entertainment, on the other hand, At the time, Alliance was the largest record wholesaler in the country (servicing over 13,000 stores with annual sales in excess of $1 Billion)
Within months of starting Medalist, we quarterbacked a major summer music promotion for McDonald’s that featured purchase with purchase opportunities involving Britney Spears, *Nsync, Sisqo, Joe and Carlos Vives (campaign revenues exceeded $20mm). My key responsibility was to insure that the campaign was flawlessly executed: from helping McDonald’s choose the songs and develop the artwork and titles for the compilations, to handling all of the legal documents that were necessary to secure all of the artists to appear and perform in the commercials and to obtain the rights to songs included on the commercials, to insuring that the artists timely appeared and performed for the making of the commercials and attending the press events. McDonald’s, as a client, had every detail covered.
Medalist went on to create custom-branded compilations for such companies as Linens N Things, Hooters, HMV, Fitness Magazine, Walgreen’s and Barnes & Noble. Medalist also launched the careers of Joe Bonamassa, a critically-acclaimed Blues guitarist and vocalist, and Michael Amante, the Italian-American tenor, who Fritz and Koppelman discovered at Rao’s Restaurant, the famed NY eatery. Medalist was sold to Alliance in late 2002 with Fritz and Weisman staying on to run the company after the sale.
Shortly after the sale, I was given the additional responsibility of running another Alliance division – Innovative Distribution Network (IDN; annual sales in excess of $40 million), Medalist’s sister company, that distributed Medalist’s product (as well as the product of over 50 other independent record labels) into retail stores.
Grubman Indursky & Schindler
Aug 1992 - Dec 1999
Grubman Indursky & Schindler is the powerhouse entertainment law firm whose clients are the "who’s who" of pop culture including Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Sting, P Diddy and Martha Stewart. During my seven years at the firm, I handled every imaginable type of music business transaction, including recording agreements, music publishing deals, catalog licenses, merchandising deals, record club agreements, soundtrack deals, and catalog purchases. Among the transactions that handled were the mega deals for Latin sensation Marc Anthony and R&B superstar Alicia Keys. I also administered Joan Jett’s record and publishing catalog and handled all transactions for legendary record producer Phil Ramone (who produced albums for Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan, etc.)
In 1998, while still at the law firm, I saw a unique opportunity to create a compilation album of the songs that were included in The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino and Donnie Brasco – I named it "Mob Hits". I secured Jerry Vale, the legendary Italian-American vocalist whose songs where included in Goodfellas and Casino, to act as the spokesperson for the album’s direct response tv commercial. The album was an instant hit that went on to sell in excess of 600,000 copies (3 additional follow up albums in the Mob Hits series have had combined sales in excess of 200,000 copies to date).